Techno Vinyls Records ’ series of interviews, we talk to producers who have releases on our label.
Interview with Daytona Team (Juan Jose Carrasco Lopez)
What does producing mean to you? When did you start your musical career and what motivated you?
- The madness began casually in one night in 1995 with Juanjo Daytona with in Barcelona. There, in a visit to the old Apolo hall (Current Nitsa) he discovered what techno was and without going unnoticed by him, he decided to take the path to bring it to Murcia. Influenced to a great extent by the Detroit sound. From very early on he had a clear idea of who his references were and what he wanted to do with his friends. In 1998 they got together to form a band. Juanjo Daytona, GoTXa, Jesús aka Resset 05 and a singer from Mozambique, Roger, began to discover their first references and with it to buy their first machines, which gave rise to his group Daytona Team.
How have your launches inspired you throughout your career?
- For 10 years we were going through different festival stages and it was then when with the first album “Hey you mother fu**ker” in 2009 the opportunity arose to take the Mona Records label that has been gaining more and more followers within our country. But this label has never wanted to limit itself nor put frontiers to its music, proof of this is the acceptance of the platform at a worldwide level, having as an example its presence in international events such as the Fusion Festival in Germany, Festa della Musica in Milan or Free Field Festival in Rome.
Do you like collaborating with other artists? What do you think about remixing? Do you like remixing or do you like your music to be remixed?
- The truth is that I like more to be remixed, but I also enjoy doing versions of other artists who ask me to do a remix for them, it all depends on how inspired I am and if I like the remix track very much. I have worked making remixes for Cj Bolland, Shin Nishimura, Tomo Hachiga, or Dave Angel among some famous artists, and I have been remixed by people like Dave Tarrida, Christian Haro, Javier Orduña or Denite.
How do you choose a title for your tracks? Do you think a well chosen track and EP title is important?
- If i think titles are very important, they make people remember the song and remember it for a lifetime. We always like to put a bit of humour in the titles or make some word games, a bit imitating and following Alex Under’s trend who was the first in Spain to do that.
Is a well designed case important to you?
- For me it is very important the design of each album, the cover is the image of the artist, and in that some labels, do not ask what you like simply make a cover without investigating much beyond the artist. They should look at it! We have always been quite transgressive, and a little bit politically incorrect.
How do you choose the labels (what is a good label for you and what are your expectations)?
- For me a label is one that cares about its artists, and has a personal relationship with them, and continues to make the relationship stronger, and from there come out better things and new work. It is very important that there is communication!
How do you see the follow-up sales in the avalanche of data from the digital millennium (for example: how do you see digital sales, promotional tracks, illegal downloads, etc.)?
- I think it’s all crazy and we don’t really have much information about sales or downloads, or how much you earn, but surely behind all this there are people who are getting rich. Beatport , Spotify move millions of euros, and give very little to artists.
What are your future plans for making tracks?
- To improve as a musician and to continue developing and investigating, lately I have been investigating about concrete music and the first references of electronic music in 1950. I also research Spanish producers and musicians of the 20th century who started to develop new music and performances.
Thank you for accepting our interview request, we wish you much more success in your work as a producer!
- Thanks to you for your interest in me. Long live Techno Vinyls Records
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